Witnessing
WITNESSING

WITNESSING

 

1. It is your duty, as a Christian, to witness:

A. Jesus gave "the Great Commission" to all His disciples:

                Mat.4:19 Follow Me, & I will make you fishers of men

                Mk.16:15                Go ye into all the world, & preach the gospel

                Acts 1:8 Ye shall be witnesses...unto uttermost part of earth

                Mat.28:19,20          Go ye therefore, & teach all nations

                Mk.13:10                The gospel must...be published among all nations

                Lk.24:47  Repentance & remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations

                Jn.15:16  Ordained you, that ye should go & bring forth fruit (See also Mat.24:14)

B. Jesus sends you as His labourer & witness:

                Isa.6:8     Whom shall I send? Here am I; send me

                Mat.9:37,38            Labourers are few... Pray the Lord...that He will send forth labourers into His harvest

                Lk.9:2      (Jesus) sent them to preach...the Kingdom of God

                Jn.20:21  As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you

                Rom.10:14,15         How shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall  they preach, except they be sent?

                2Cor.5:20                We are ambassadors for Christ

 

2. Why you need to witness:

A. You talk about what you believe in:

                Psa.107:2                Let the redeemed (saved) of the Lord say so

                Jn.3:11    We speak that we do know, & testify that we have seen

                Acts 4:20               We...speak the things which we have seen & heard

                2Cor.4:13                I believed, therefore have I spoken (See Psa.116:10a)

B. To save souls from death:

                Pro.14:25                A true witness delivereth souls

                Acts 26:18             To open their eyes, turn from power of Satan unto God

                Jam.5:20 He which converteth sinner...save a soul from death

C. If you don't, you & they will suffer:

                Ezk.3:17-19             Nor speakest to warn the wicked...his blood will I require at thine hand (See also Acts 20:26,27)

                Mk.8:38  Of him shall Son of man be ashamed when He cometh

                Lk.12:8,9 He that denieth Me before men shall be denied

                1Cor.9:16                Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel

                2Cor.4:3  If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost

                (See also Jer.8:20; Jon.1:1-17.)

 

3. Don't be shy or ashamed to witness:

                Psa.119:46              I will speak of Thy testimonies...& not be ashamed

                Isa.40:9   Lift up thy voice with strength; be not afraid

                Isa.62:6b                Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence

                Mat.5:14-16           Ye are the light of the world...cannot be hid...let (it) shine before men (See also Mk.4:21; Lk.8:16.)

                Mk.8:38  Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me & of My Words...of him shall the Son of man be ashamed

                Acts 18:9b             Be not afraid, but speak, & hold not thy peace

                Rom.1:16                I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ

                Eph.6:18-20            (Pray)...that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak

                1Thes.2:2               We were bold...to speak the gospel of God

                2Tim.1:8a               Be not thou ashamed of the testimony of our Lord

                (See also Jer.1:6-9)

 

4. Pointers on how to be a good witness:

                Pro.18:13                [Ask questions] He that answereth a matter before he

                Jam.1:19 [Listen] Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak

                Pro.20:5  [Get them to speak their heart] Draw it out

                Mat.12:34b            Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh

                Acts 26:27             [Ask what they believe] Believest thou the prophets?

                Acts 17:23-28        [Find points of agreement] Your own poets have said

                1Cor.9:19-22          I (became) all things to all men, that I might save

                Acts 26:1-20          [Give your own personal testimony. Example of Paul's]

                Mk.4:2    [Illustrate your point with true stories] (Jesus) taught them many things by parables

                Lk.13:1-5                [Use current events: Pilate; tower of Siloam falling]

                Acts 2:40               [Patiently explain] And with many other words did He

                Psa.126:5,6             [Have a broken heart] Sow in tears...reap in joy

                Mat.9:36 He was moved with compassion on them (lost sheep)

                1Cor.13:1                [Speak in love, or it's just empty words like sound ing brass or a tinkling cymbal]

                1Sam.16:23             [Music has spiritual power: Example of David playing the harp for King Saul]

                Lk.14:23  [Be zealous & determined] Compel them to come in

                1Ki.18:21a              [Bring them to a decision] How long halt ye between two opinions? (See Josh.24:15; Heb.3:7,8a; 2Cor.6:2.)

 

5. Use the Word in your witnessing:

A. The Word is powerful & convinces people:

                2Chr.17:9                They had the book of the law of the Lord with them... & went about...& taught the people

                Lk.8:5,11 Sower sowed seed...the seed is the Word of God

                Jn.4:41,42               Many more believed because of His Own Word...Now we believe, not because of (the woman's) saying

                Jn.5:39    Search the Scriptures...they testify of Me (Jesus)

                Jn.20:31  These written that ye might believe Jesus is Christ

                Acts 17:2,3            Paul...reasoned with them out of the Scriptures

                Acts 18:28             He mightily convinced...showing by the Scriptures

                Tit.1:9     The Word, sound doctrine...convince the gainsayers

B. Scripture memorisation is important to witnessing:

                Psa.119:42              Wherewith to answer him...for I trust in Thy Word

                Pro.22:17-21           Answer words of truth to them that send unto thee

                Mal.2:6   The law of truth was in his mouth...he did turn many away from iniquity

                Mat.12:34b,35a     A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things

                Acts 13:32-35        [Quote the Word:] As it is written in the second Psalm

                2Tim.4:2 Preach the Word...exhort with all...doctrine

                1Pet.3:15                Be ready always to give an answer to every man

 

6. Keeping your witness simple:

                Jn.12:32  And I, (Jesus) if I be lifted up...will draw all men unto Me

                1Cor.1:17                Preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words

                1Cor.2:1,2               I came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom 1Cor.2:4 My preaching not with enticing words of man's wisdom

                1Cor.14:9                Except ye utter words easy to be understood...how shall it be known what is spoken?

                2Cor.1:12                In simplicity & sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom

                2Cor.3:12                We use great plainness of speech

 

7. What you should preach (witness about):

A. Preach the gospel; preach Jesus:

                Isa.58:1   Show My people their transgression &...sins

                Mat.28:19,20          Teach...all things whatsoever I have commanded you

                Mk.16:15                Preach the gospel [good news of salvation in Jesus]

                Lk.9:2      (Jesus) sent them to preach the Kingdom of God

                Jn.3:16    [That they can have eternal life by believing in Jesus]

                Acts 4:2b               They taught...the resurrection from the dead

                Acts 5:42               They ceased not to teach & preach Jesus Christ

                Acts 13:32-35        [Jesus fulfilled Old Testament Messianic prophecies]

                Acts 13:38             Through (Jesus) is preached forgiveness of sins

                Acts 20:21             Testifying...repentance toward God, faith toward Jesus

                Rom.5:8  God commendeth His love toward us...while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

                1Cor.1:23                We preach Christ crucified

                1Cor.15:3                I delivered unto you, that Christ died for our sins

                1Cor.15:4                And that He was buried & rose again (from the dead)

                2Cor.4:5  We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord

                2Cor.5:20                We pray you...Be ye reconciled to God

                1Tim.1:15               That Jesus came into the world to save sinners

                1Jn.4:14  We testify...the Father sent the Son to be the saviour (See also Acts 10:42; 24:25a; Eph.3:8.)

B. What not to talk about:

                1Cor.3:2  Not with meat (strong doctrines)...ye were not able to bear it

                1Thes.2:3-6            Our exhortation was not of deceit, nor in guile. Neither at any time used we flattering words

                2Tim.2:23               Foolish & unlearned questions avoid

                Tit.3:9     Avoid foolish questions...& contentions & strivings

                Heb.5:14 Strong meat (doctrine) belongeth to (the mature)

 

8. Who to witness to:

A. Jesus commanded us to witness to the whole world:

                Mk.16:15                Preach the gospel to every creature (person)

                Mat.28:19               Go ye therefore, & teach all nations

                Lk.8:39    Return to thine own house...show how great things

                Mk.5:19  Go home to thy friends, & tell them

                Mat.11:5b              The poor have the gospel preached to them

                Isa.61:1   Preach good tidings unto the meek

                Acts 26:22a           Witnessing both to small & great

                Rom.15:20,21         I strived to preach...to they that have not heard

                Acts 22:21             Unto the Gentiles [people of faraway nations]

                Acts 28:28             Salvation sent unto Gentiles [receptive heathen]

                Acts 17:18-21        [To curious philosophers & intellectuals]

                Ezk.2:7    [Give everyone a chance, even the rebellious]

                Ezk.3:17,18             Warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way

B. Who not to witness to:

                Mat.9:13b              I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners

                Pro.23:9  Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise

                Acts 13:45,46        [Don't continue witnessing to unreceptive rejectors] Mat.7:6 Give not that which is holy unto dogs [unreceptive people], neither cast your pearls before swine

                Acts 18:6               When they opposed & blasphemed...he said, I will go

                Mat.10:14               Whosoever shall...not hear your words...depart

                Tit.3:10,11              Heretic after the first & second admonition reject

                Pro.14:7  Go from the presence of a foolish man

 

9. A winning personal example:

A. Your personal example is part of your witness:

                Mat.5:16 Let your light so shine...men may see your works

                Phi.2:15,16a           Be blameless & harmless...shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of life

                1Tim.4:12b             Be thou an example of the believers

                2Cor.3:2  Ye are our epistle (letter)...known and read of all men

                Tit.2:7,8  In all things showing a pattern of good works

                1Pet.3:1,2               [Unbelieving mates to be won by believer's sample] (See also 1Tim.5:14b)

                Jn.13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another

B. Sample of happiness is appealing:

                Psa.51:12,13           Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation. Then sinners  shall be converted unto Thee

C. Lovingly win others, not by arguing:

                1Thes.1:7,8            We were gentle...affectionately desirous of you

                2Tim.2:23,24          The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle

                (See also 1Cor.13:1,2,8)

D. Personal example must back up your witness:

                Jn.13:15  I (Jesus) have given an example, ye should do as I

                Rom.2:21-24           Thou which teachest another, teachest thou not thy self? Thou that sayest man should not...dost thou?

                (See also 1Cor.11:1; 1Tim.6:1; Tit.2:4,5.)

 

10. When to witness:

A. We are to constantly witness:

                Eccl.11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, & in the evening

                Jn.4:35    Look on the fields; they are white already to harvest

                Acts 5:42               Daily in the temple, & in every house, they ceased not

                2Tim.4:2 In season, out of season [even when "not convenient"]

                1Pet.3:15                Be ready always to give an answer to every man

                (See also Acts 20:31)

B. Pray for God to "open up" witnessing opportunities:

                Col.4:3    Praying...that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ

C. Wait until it's God's time to witness to certain people:

                Mat.10:5-7             Go not into the way of the Gentiles...but go rather... [But later said,] Go into all the world"--Mk.16:15

                Acts 16:6,7            (Paul) forbidden...to preach...in Asia [but did with great success a couple years later--Acts 19:1,10]

 

11. Where to witness:

                In your own house (Acts 28:30,31); In every house (Acts 5:42); From house to house (Acts 20:20); In schools & lecture halls (Acts 19:9,10); In church (Heb.2:12); In marketplaces (Acts 17:17 ); In different racial neighbourhoods (Jn.4:1-42); In the streets, lanes, highways, hedges (Lk.14:21b,23 ); All over the city (Lk.8:39b); In cars [chariots] (Acts 8:29-35); On boats (Acts 27:22-25); In prison (Phi.1:12,13); In court (Mat.10:18-20); In the wilderness (Mat.3:1,2); Everywhere (Acts 8:4).

 

12. The "fruit" Christians should bear is other Christians, new saved souls:

                Lk.8:5-15                ["The Parable of the Sower"] (See also Mat.13:3-8, 18-23; Mk.4:2-8,14-20.)

                Lk.8:11    The seed is the Word of God [which we sow in hearts]

                Mk.4:14  The sower (witnesser) soweth the Word

                Pro.11:30                He that winneth souls is wise

                Jn.12:24  But if it die (to self), it bringeth forth much fruit

                Jn.15:5    He that abideth in Me...bringeth forth much fruit

                Jn.15:8    Herein is (God) glorified, that ye bear much fruit

                Rom.7:4  Married to (Jesus)...bring forth fruit unto God

 

13. The Holy Spirit & witnessing:

A. The Holy Spirit anoints you to witness about Jesus:

                Isa.61:1   Spirit of the Lord upon me...anointed me to preach

                Acts 1:8 Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: & ye shall be witnesses

                Acts 4:29-31          They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spake the Word of God with boldness

                1Thes.1:5               Our gospel came...in power, & in the Holy Ghost

                (See also Col.1:27-29)

B. Only God & His Holy Spirit can really win people:

                Jn.6:44    No man can come to Me, except the Father...draw him

                Zech.4:6b               Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit

                Mat.10:20               It is not ye, but the Spirit...which speaketh in you

                Jn.15:5    Without Me ye can do nothing

                1Cor.3:6,7               I have planted...but God gave the increase

 

14. Witnessing, the greatest work on earth:

A. Witnessing is a job worth giving all for:

                Mat.4:19-22           Follow Me, & I will make you fishers of men...they left their nets (See also Lk.5:9-11)

                Mk.8:35  Lose his life for My sake & the gospel's

                Mk.10:29                [Leave house, family, wife, lands for gospel's sake]

                Lk.9:59,60               Let the dead bury the dead: but go thou & preach

B. Heavenly reward for witnessing:

                Pro.11:30                He that winneth souls is wise

                Dan.12:3 They that be wise shall shine...and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars (See Mat.13:43)

                Lk.12:8    Him shall the Son of man confess before the angels

                1Cor.3:8b               Every man receive...reward according to his labours

                1Cor.9:16,17a         If I (preach the gospel) willingly, I have a reward

 

15. Reactions to the gospel:

A. The receptive believe the Word:

                Jon.3:1-9                [Jonah preached in Ninevah, & entire city repented]

                Jn.4:39-42               [Samaritans at Sychar received Jesus & believed]

                Acts 8:5,6,8,14      [Philip preached in Samaria]...people with one accord gave heed...Samaria received the Word of God

                Acts 16:14             Lydia...whose heart the Lord opened...she (listened)

                Acts 16:32-34        They spake unto him the Word...he rejoiced, believing

B. The unreceptive reject the Word:

                Lk.8:5,12 Devil taketh away Word, lest they believe

                1Cor.1:18                Preaching...is to them that perish foolishness

                2Cor.4:4  The god of this world blinded minds of (unbelieving)

                (See also Jer.36:all)

C. Unpopularity & persecution because of witnessing:

                Lk.6:22    Men shall cast out your name as evil, for (Jesus') sake

                Jn.7:7      The world...hateth (Me), because I testify it (is) evil

                Acts 16:20,21        These men do exceedingly trouble our city, & teach customs which are not lawful

D. Our witness a testimony against the unrepentant:

                Mat.10:18               Brought before kings...for a testimony against them

                Mk.6:11  Shake off dust...for a testimony against them

                Jn.12:48  The Word that I have spoken...shall judge him

 

16. Witnessing boldly despite opposition:

A. Neither threats, persecution nor martyrdom should stop us:

                Lk.21:12-15            They shall persecute you...I will give you wisdom

                Act 4:29,31,33       Behold their threatenings...spake Word with boldness Act 14:1-3a Long time abode they speaking boldly in the Lord

                Act 20:24               None of these things move me, neither count life dear

                1Thes.2:2               Even after we suffered...we were bold to speak

                Rev.6:9   Them that were slain for Word of God & testimony

                Rev.12:11               They overcame him by the Word...loved not their lives Rev.20:4 Them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus

B. Witness even if man's laws forbid it:

                Amos 7:12-15        [Evil priest said:] Prophesy not at Bethel...The Lord said unto me (Amos), Go, prophesy

                Mat.10:16               Be ye wise as serpents, harmless as doves

                Lk.10:3    I send you forth as lambs among wolves: be wise

                Acts 4:17-20          We cannot but speak the things we have seen & heard

                Acts 5:27-29          We ought to obey God rather than men

                Acts 5:40-42          Commanded they should not speak. They ceased not

 

17. More verses about witnessing & testifying:

A. From the Old Testament:

                Deut.32:3 (I will publish the name of the Lord); 1Chr.16:8             (Make known His deeds among the people); Psa.9:11 (Declare among the people His doings); Psa.18:49 (I give thanks unto Thee among the heathen); Psa.26:7 (Publish...tell of all Thy wondrous works); Psa.66:16 (I will declare what He hath done for my soul); Psa.71:15 (My mouth shall show forth...Thy salvation all the day); Psa.89:1 (With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all); Psa.96:3 (Declare His...wonders among all people); Psa.96:10 (Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth); Psa.119:13 (With my lips have I declared judgments of Thy mouth); Psa.119:27 (So shall I talk of Thy wondrous works); Psa.145:4-7 (I will speak of glorious honour of Thy majesty); Psa.145:11,12 (Make known to the sons of men His mighty acts); Isa.43:10a (Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord); Isa.52:7 (How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace).

B. From the New Testament:

                Mk.16:20 (They went forth, & preached everywhere); Lk.8:1       (Preaching & showing glad tidings of the Kingdom); Jn.4:39 (Many believed on Him for the saying of the woman); Jn.21:17 (Lovest thou Me? Feed My sheep); Acts 5:20 (Go, speak to the people...all the words of this life); Acts 5:32 (And we are His witnesses of these things); Acts 10:42 (He commanded us to preach unto the people, & to testify); Acts 13:49 (Word of the Lord published throughout all the region); Acts 18:25 (Being fervent in spirit, he spake & taught diligently); Acts 22:15 (Thou shalt be His witness unto all men); Rom.10:15b (How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel); 2Tim.2:2 (The things which thou hast heard...commit to faithful men, who shall...teach others); 2Tim.4:2 (Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season).

 

 

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